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01-03-2018 - There will always be a demand for weaners, with a premium for good quality dry animals. The first 30 days after weaning is probably the most stressful period in a calf’s life. Good management during this period is of the utmost importance. Limiting stress during separation and with...

01-10-2017 - A lot of information is available on everyday roughages such as maize silage. Optimum cutting times and ways of ensuring the best quality have been well researched and documented. However, there are a few roughage sources in South Africa about which much less is known, although they...

01-09-2017 - Over the past decade or so, the gap between the cost of the two options has become much smaller due to the increase in labour costs, diesel, mixing costs, lack of time and "expertise and control". Self-mixing started to play a much smaller role. Even in the field of margin over feed...

01-08-2017 - Maintaining good gut health in pigs is the first step in maintaining profitability in the production of pigs. A healthy pig makes a happy farmer.

01-07-2017 - Silage that is too wet when cut can lead to poor quality as there is a loss of nutrients through seepage from the pit. Additionally, there is also less starch available as the starch is not yet mature and the total dry matter that can be harvested per ha is lower. Silage cut too...

01-06-2017 - Liquid feeding is not new. Many pigs were fed a meal with whey or water in the early days. The continued increase in farm size and production saw the need for automation and a change to dry feeding. The latest developments and investing in computer-driven systems have led to a...

01-06-2017 - A crisis in the South African broiler industry Over the past few years the impact of poultry imports, drought and high feed prices have created a crisis in the South African broiler industry.  In mid-2016, The Holts decided that it was time for a change before things got to the...

01-05-2017 - Since 2013, the De Heus Kaliber® Calf Rearing Programme has been successfully applied by Daan Landman, Lactimar Pty Ltd, in the Eersterivier (Eastern Cape) district. Lactimar's dairy herds are milked at three stables: Jersey cows on the farm at Eersterivier, the Friesian herd on the...